Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the selection of Canadaâ€™s two newest astronauts:
â€œOn behalf of all Canadians, I want to congratulate Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques on their selection as Canadaâ€™s two newest astronauts.
â€œMr. Jeremy Hansen and Mr. David Saint-Jacques achieved this honour after a rigorous recruitment process that engaged more than 5,300 Canadians. Â This is a testament to the incredible depth of talent in Canada, and to the high quality of research at Canadian institutions.
â€œI am excited to meet these two Canadians who may be travelling into space.Â I was one of many young people who were inspired to dream of space travel after hearing of the first manned spaceflights.Â It is a source of pride for all of us that two more Canadians will have the opportunity to build on Canadaâ€™s legacy of leadership in the exploration and development of this final frontier.
â€œI am confident that Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques will build on this heritage and inspire a new generation of Canadians to not only dream of the stars, but also work to make that dream happen.Â Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques are not only making Canadians proud today, they are setting an example for the scientists, technologists and mathematicians of the future.â€